Two Salesian priests killed in Venezuela attack

Victim Fr Jesus Plaza

Two priests have been stabbed to death and a third wounded by young assailants who broke into a school residence in Venezuela during an apparent robbery, reports AAP/SkyNews.

A school spokesman said two suspects, one of whom has been caught, climbed a wall to enter the Don Bosco school in the central city of Valencia, late on Saturday, and entered an area where the priests' rooms were located.

'We have arrested one of the two people suspected in the crime, a juvenile ... and we're still looking for the other one, who apparently was around 12 or 13 years old,' Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said on Sunday. Rodriguez earlier told reporters the murders occurred 'under very strange circumstances.'

'There was no forced entry and that school is difficult to get into,' he said.

Nelson Pena, a seminarian and spokesman for the school, identified the dead priests as Jesus Plaza, a 79-year-old Colombian and Luis Sanchez, an 84-year-old Venezuelan.

Pena said the priests were killed 'with knives taken from the school kitchen.'

Photo: Fr Jesus Plaza, who was murdered February 15, is shown saying Mass

FULL STORY Two priests killed in Venezuela attack (AAP/SkyNews)

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